Avast rated as a top product of 2020 by AV-Comparatives

Grace Macej 18 Feb 2021

Avast Free Antivirus was rated ahead of paid alternatives for the third consecutive year

We're proud to announce that Avast Free Antivirus has been awarded “Top-Rated Product” status for 2020 by AV-Comparatives. Avast was recognized ahead of many paid-for alternatives.

AV-Comparatives is an independent test lab known for its sophisticated testing of security software products. As well as receiving the “Top-Rated Product” award, Avast Free Antivirus scored highly in seven contributing tests this included four “Advanced+” and three “Advanced” ratings. Avast Free Antivirus also achieved a joint Bronze Award for Advanced Threat Protection, and a joint Silver Award for Real-World Protection Test.

Further reading: AV-Comparatives recognizes Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus

Upholding our promise for a better online world

Covid-19 has brought with it a new wave of cyberthreats that target consumers. Avast's machine learning-based threat detection technology enables us to tackle these new and evolving threats and we will continue defending everyone’s right to a safe internet. We're glad to be recognized for our efforts, as AV-Comparatives is a leading and revered antivirus testing institutions.

Andreas Clementi, Founder and CEO of AV-Comparatives, weighed in on the award with some outstanding details about our free AV. “Avast Free Antivirus has a modern interface with simple customization, making it easy to use for consumers. Its detection systems performed well and the programed actions were reliable. In this past year, consumers have been targeted with a range of scams that are evolving faster than ever before,” said Clementi. “Due to its strong performance during our in-depth testing process, we named Avast Free Antivirus a Top-Rated Product of 2020.”

Learn more about AV-Comparatives' work

Each year, AV-Comparatives tests Windows compatible security products as part of its annual security report. All products were tested on:

  • Protection against real-world threats
  • Protection against malware
  • Protection against targeted threats
  • The effect on device performance
  • Number of flagged false positives 

Want to know more? Check out the complete range of AV-Comparatives' testing methods and results in the full 2020 report.

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